At a time of deep ecological crises, Critical Tide will open our eyes to the urgent issues our oceans face and showcase creative ways of intervening.
About Critical Tide Exhibition
Time is running out. Design, the discipline that defines more than any other who we are and who we aspire to be, has led us to this unsustainable present. We have come to see ourselves increasingly as apart from, rather than part of the ecosphere—an ever more volatile ecosphere we depend on for our survival.
Whilst design should be critical of social and technological systems, critique alone is not enough: we need to create future scenarios that turn people into activists and create a pull towards transformation. Among the many social and environmental problems facing us today, those confronting our oceans may be the most urgent of all. While the seas are in peril, they also hold possibilities for positive change that we are only just starting to discover.
The exhibition is dedicated to design in and around the seas. It is a platform for engaged research in the form of a lab, exhibition and live events.
Critical Tide is curated by Prof. Julia Lohmann (Aalto University), Dr. Pirjo Haikola (RMIT, Melbourne), Dr. Gillian Russell (Emily Carr University, Vancouver) and Illustrator Gero Grundmann.
This content belongs to Student Takeover on Unfolded. The Curating and Storytelling course have created visual and textual essays about the first academic year of the MA Contemporary Design.